Doesn’t Disney World Get Old?
This seems an obvious and reasonable question to ask frequent Walt Disney World guests. You may think Disney World would get old for visitors who have dozens of trips under their belts but the short answer is, “No.” Walt Disney World is continually evolving and growing which brings guests back time and again. Attractions are always being built, new promotions are announced, parades and nighttime fireworks shows are switched up. Let’s not forget that every season offers new things to experience in the “World;” Epcot’s International festivals, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, winter holiday events, marthon weekends, and Star Wars weekends are just the tip of the iceberg. And if that’s not enough for you, there are resorts in every price point and with many varied themes and hundredes of places to eat. Sure, there are attractions that are decades-old but even they have been updated along the way.
If you’ve been following along at Chip and Company, you may know our October 2010 trip was postponed until January 2011 and our January trip had to be cancelled. That means it’s been about nine months since I was last at Walt Disney World. Let’s take a look at just some of the changes that have taken place in this short period of time.
- Captain EO. I’ve never seen the original attraction. I have to say it’s not at the top of my list but now that it is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I’ll have to try it out.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Okay, so the attraction isn’t new, but the interactive queue is and from the pictures I’ve seen, it looks ah-ma-zing.
- MuppetVision 3D. This family favorite attraction in Walt Disney World recently underwent a refurbishment that enhanced both the film and also the theater.
- Tangled Play N Greet. Storytime with Belle is no more; this new play and greet area replaces it. Although it seems as if it may be geared toward girls more than my boys, I’ll have check it out in the name of research.
- Duffy the Bear. I’m not sure if I can rightly call Duffy the Bear an attraction, but he does have his own meet and greet in Epcot.
Experiences and Entertainment
- Magic, Memories, and You Castle Show. I was skeptical of this show until I saw the video. As part of the Let the Memories campaign, Cinderella Castle has images and photographs taken by PhotoPass photographers projected on to it nightly. The show is so much more than I expected.
- Wild Africa Trek. This is a must-do on my list. This new, albeit expensive, tour takes guests behind-the-scenes of Animal Kingdom’s savannah. Get up close and personal with hippos and crocodiles.
- Main Street Electrical Parade. Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade returned to the Magic Kingdom as part of Summer Nightastic! after a long hiatus. Lucky for me, this popular parade’s run has been extended indefinitely.
- Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun. I was a fan of the afternoon parade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Block Party Bash. Sadly, it has been retired. The new parade, Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun has been received with less than glowing reviews but I want to see it for myself.
- Via Napoli. Coming from New Jersey, where there is a good pizza place on practically every corner, I’m really excited to try this new pizzaria which has received really great reviews.
- La Hacienda de San Angel. This restaurant is located on a coveted piece of World Showcase Lagoon. With large windows in the dining room, diners are treated to spectacular views of IllumiNations, my favorite Walt Disney World fireworks show.
- Karamelle-Kuche. The Germany pavilion is now home to a caramel shop. Although caramels are not my favorite, I think it’s worth stopping in for a sample.
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.
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